Versailles is the world famous symbol of France, saturated with the history of a great country, the spirit of palace intrigues and, of course, love dramas. The attraction includes a palace and a park, which are located 13 km from Paris. The Palace of Versailles is recognized as the largest palace in Europe. Although the size of the palaces is difficult to judge, because they are all different. European palace complexes are planned as a large central building with a park around, and Asian palaces are a collection of smaller buildings, for example, the Forbidden City in Beijing, which is considered the largest palace complex in the world. It is very difficult to compare the sizes, if you take into account the area of the parks, then European palaces are in the lead, but if you do not take into account the parks, then all the leaders are in Asia. The royal palace is built on a royal scale. The first floor of the main building of the palace was occupied by the Mirror Hall, in which significant events of the country were held. The queen’s chambers amaze with wealth and luxury: the gleam of the gilding of literally every centimeter of rooms blinds her eyes and shakes her mind. A visit to the Royal Chapel will convince you that this building is indeed the most beautiful monument of the Baroque era. The real aesthetes will also be impressed by the park of the Palace of Versailles. Gardens with outlandish plants, aromas of flowering flower beds, fountains that publish enchanting melodies. On the territory of Versailles is the village of Marie Antoinette – a small farm with a reed roof. The construction of the Queen is incomparable with the modest decoration of the Small Trianon – the house of Madame de Pompadour, the favorite of Louis XV. On Saturday summer evenings, Versailles flashes with multi-colored lights of a light show (fountains and fireworks merge into a dance duet of water and light). The royal palace, who has seen the views of travelers, will not impress with its decoration and landscape gardening solution. To some it seems that it is slightly inferior to royal residences in other countries. But tourists who are not sophisticated in visiting the royal places, the palace and park ensemble will amaze with its grandeur and luxury. The road to the French “Sun” (how to get) From the station “Gare Montparnasse” and “Gare St-Lazare” go by train. But the easiest way is to get to the palace by metro (RER) on line C. Get off at Versailles – Rive Gauche station, which is located near the sights: only 10-15 minutes walk. Traveling by car, you will overcome the distance from Paris to the palace in 20-30 minutes. Non-royal prices for a royal place (ticket price) A guided tour of Versailles with a group of 4 to 8 people costs 65 euros. An individual visit to the palace with a guide will cost more than 390 euros. Entrance tickets to the palace are bought separately. Their price includes an audio guide in 10 languages, including Russian. A ticket to the palace costs 15 euros with an audio guide. For children, students of the European Union – 13 euros. In the winter on the first Sunday, admission to the museum is free. A complex ticket with a visit to the palace, the Big and Small Trianons will cost 18 euros. During the holidays, such a ticket will cost 25 euros. A full ticket for 2 days costs the same amount. Visit time to the king (opening hours) The palace opens its doors from 9:00 to 18:30 (in winter – until 17:30) every day from April to October. Monday is a day off. Please note that cash desks stop their work at 17:50. Walking in the garden is possible from 8:00 to 20:30. In winter – until six in the evening. Time for an audience with the symbol of France (how much time to plan) From Paris to Versailles, the road will last about 45 minutes. The queue for tickets, if you have not bought them in advance, will take from 40 minutes to 2 hours. The time for a tour of the palace and a walk in the park depends on whether you are traveling on your own or with a guide. A group trip is designed for a 3-hour familiarization with the attraction. You yourself can see the most interesting things in this place of kings, of course, but just spend the whole day. The history of the “precious stone” of France (a little history) Versailles is a palace and park ensemble 13 km from Paris, once a royal apartment, a center of world tourism, a world heritage site. Since 1837, the Museum of the History of France has been located here. This is the place where important events in French history take place. Once a hunting lodge, since 1623, after two years of reconstruction, the building has been transformed, expanding its territory after the acquisition of the Versailles estate from the archbishop of Paris. The residence of Louis XIV in the Louvre after the Frondee Uprising became unsafe. And the “sun king” decides to expand the palace of Versailles, use it as his residence. To implement the idea, he invites architects who built the castle for the Minister of Finance, Charles Lebrun and Andre Lenotre. From the side of the garden, the facade of the building was occupied by the Mirror Gallery, decorated with paintings, mirrors, columns. The royal opera, built of wood and painted in marble, is also noteworthy. The palace chapel, or Royal Chapel, towering above the rest of the palace, is striking in its interior.